Okay Ive made my gear list and Im tweeking it as of now. The only thing Im stuck on is the clothing part. I just dont understand it. I went to REi last night to get a hands on feel for wha things are about but theres alot of stuff out there. I get that I need a baselayer(capilene, polyester, etc), a mid-layer(fleece) and a top layer(down or synthetic fill coat).
Where I have a problem is all the fancy marketing names and options!!!
Im leaving April 22 and my research tells me that it hasnt gotten below 30 in the last 3 years. So knowing that Ill be at elevation and the mountain ranges are unpredictable with weather, I think I should plan to buy clothes for 25 degree protection. To me this seems like a good compromise. I think this should be safe without being overkill.
What does the down fill mean and how do I know what temp rating its good for?
How do I know whether to get a "microweight, lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight" baselayer/pajamas?
Can i go without the bulky top layer of down or synthetic since Im starting so late? Im a stickler for weight, but I dont want to die.
When do you typically send these items home and start phasing into summer clothing?
This is all cold weather based. Hot weather is easy to dress for. Im gonna go running shorts and some kind of "underarmour" type shirt or shirtless (hey ladies!! haha).